The Dirty Truth About Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water

As countries in the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere struggle to find enough freshwater to meet demand, they’re increasingly turned to the ocean. Desalination plants, located in 177 countries, can help turn seawater into freshwater. Unfortunately, these plants also produce a lot of waste—more waste, in fact, than water for people to drink. Read More >>

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More Than Half of Wild Coffee Species Could Go Extinct, and It’s Our Fault

If you’re a coffee aficionado, brace yourself because I’ve got some bad news for you. Read More >>

Smog-Choked Bangkok Is Going to Make It Rain

In the capital of Thailand, a bout of toxic air has gotten so bad that officials are planning to literally make it rain to combat the smog. Read More >>

New Delhi’s Air Quality Is So Bad the Government Is Enlisting Firefighters to Help Fight It

Firefighters in New Delhi, India, have got a new job: battling air pollution. Read More >>

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Climate Change Is Turning These Sea Turtles Female

When sea turtles lay their eggs and bury them in the sand, the temperature they develop in will dictate whether the hatchlings are born male or female. Pretty cool, right? Well, not really: A new study shows that climate change may cause most sea turtles to be born female. The future of sea turtles depends on the coexistence of dudes and gals, so no, this is not cool at all. Read More >>

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Nearly 2 Million People Sign Petition to Sue France Over Climate Inaction

More than 1.8 million people worldwide have signed a petition from environmental groups to sue the French government for failing to take sufficient action on the matter. These groups, which include Greenpeace France and Oxfam France, are calling it the case of the century. Read More >>

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The Great Barrier Reef’s Secret Climate Change Weapon Is This Switzerland-Sized Meadow of Seagrass

Tourists frequently flock to Lizard Island, off the northeastern coast of Australia, to marvel the Great Barrier Reef. Among the dugongs, sea turtles, and jewel-toned corals, though, there’s another organism that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves: seagrass. Read More >>

Meet the Activists Who Walked Over 900 Miles to the UN Climate Talks

Joanna Sustento lost her parents, oldest brother, sister-in-law, and 3-year-old nephew to Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. More than 6,000 others died, too. That storm was her first real taste of what climate change would look like for her people in the Philippines. Read More >>

Behold the Amazing Sea Life Argentina’s New Marine Reserves Will Protect

Brightly-coloured sea anemones. Green-eyed shrimp. Blue starfish. All these creatures can be found in the waters of Argentina’s two newly designated marine protected areas, which together span 25 million acres. Read More >>

The Rare Environmental Victories of 2018

Let’s face it: 2018 sucked. Every day felt like a never-ending nightmare full of depressing reminders of how the world is going to end and how it’s all our fault. I get it, believe me. This is my world 24/7. Read More >>

This Simple Video Game Shows You How to Sort Your Trash

How many of us are guilty of throwing compostable chopsticks in the trash? Or food-soiled aluminium containers in the recycling? A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia has figured out just the way to help us get it right: a video game. Read More >>

Adorable Newborn Asian Elephant Is Helping Save Her Species

There’s a new joke at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio: Who’s your daddy? It’s a genuine question for the female baby Asian elephant born early Thursday morning as a result of artificial insemination. Read More >>

Scientists Just Rescued One of the Last Sumatran Rhinos to Save the Entire Species

Capturing a rhino is no easy task. In fact, capturing one female Sumatran rhino on the Indonesian section of the island of Borneo took seven months. Read More >>

The Scientists Who Spend Their Summers Hunting for Whale Poo

Marine ecologist Leigh Torres has been documenting grey whales along the coast of the US state of Oregon since 2015—watching them arrive to feed, monitoring how young ones have grown over the time, and studying their defecations. Read More >>

The Best Way to Remove Invasive Species? Greedy Goats

Connie Rieper-Estes likes to name her goat babies in batches. There are the cookie goats: Snickerdoodle, Biscotti, Nutter Butter, and Black and White Cookie. Before them came the ice cream-themed names: Neopolitan and Caramel Sundae. What better names to give a bunch of hungry goats? Read More >>